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Move over, Derry

A British supreme court would sweep away the triple office of the Lord Chancellor. Derry Irvine should bow to the inevitable

By John Morrison   August 2002

The writing is on the wall-or on the Pugin wallpaper-for the medieval office of state occupied since 1997 by Lord Irvine. While Irvine has many critics, nobody is suggesting that he has done anything wrong. But the political and legal landscape has changed around him, partly as a result of his own actions.

There is a certain irony in the fact that one of the prime movers of Labour’s constitutional changes, including the 1998 Human Rights Act and the reform of the House of Lords, now appears to have prepared the groundwork for his own abolition. The ignominious collapse of…

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